BBC Studios Natural History Unit announce two new children’s commissions with Andy’s Dino Toybox and DIY Deadly with Steve Backshall

BBC Studios Natural History Unit announce two new children’s commissions with Andy’s Dino Toybox and DIY Deadly with Steve Backshall

30th April 2020

BBC Studios Natural History Unit has started production on two new children’s commissions for CBeebies and CBBC iPlayer that are to be filmed under lockdown from the homes of presenters Andy Day and Steve Backshall.

Recognising that most children are now spending the majority of their time at home, Andy’s Dino Toybox with presenter Andy Day and DIY Deadly with Deadly 60’s Steve Backshall will reflect changes in routine when home-schooling, promoting exciting staycation activities, exploring nearby wildlife and discovering new things to do and learn.

Jo Shinner, Executive Producer of the Natural History Unit, said: “During this time of uncertainty it is really beneficial for kids to feel connected to nature and what better way than having family favourites Andy Day and Steve Backshall encouraging children of all ages to explore and celebrate the natural world around them. Our amazing NHU children’s team in Bristol have come up with brilliant solutions to safely create brand new content to delight our youngest audiences.”   

Andy’s Dinosaur Toybox – CBeebies iPlayer 15 x 3’

This new short-form BBC iPlayer series sees Andy bring his toy dinosaurs to life. Amazing stories, mind-blowing dinosaur-facts and funny voices feature to inspire and entertain 3-6yr olds.

This is the newest instalment of the well-loved, award winning Andy’s Adventure series’ which also includes Andy’s Safari Adventures (BAFTA 2019 nominated and Broadcast 2020 award winner), Andy’s Wild Adventures, Andy’s Dinosaur Adventures (BAFTA nominated), Andy’s Prehistoric Adventures (BAFTA nominated) and Andy’s Aquatic Adventures, which has consistently been in the CBeebies top 10 since its TX earlier this year including the prized number one slot.

DIY Deadly with Steve Backshall – CBBC iPlayer 10 x 10’

Filming himself in lockdown at home, Steve will identify deadly animals living right under our noses… whether it’s giants hiding in our gardens, predators lurking in our houses, or even survival specialists enduring lockdown in a windowsill flowerpot! He will also share anecdotes about Deadly 60 adventures and audiences will be encouraged to send in pictures and videos from their home, to share what they’re seeing.

This latest commission follows on from the success of the BAFTA award-winning Deadly 60, which sees Steve investigating the world's most deadly creatures. The brand, which has been consistently in the top ten most viewed shows on both the linear CBBC channel and iPlayer has sold to over 230 territories worldwide.

Steve Backshall, Presenter said “DIY Deadly will be a unique opportunity to connect with the CBBC audience, it’ll give us the chance to hear what’s important to them, and deliver - Deadly Denizens, Lockdown activities, Home school facts and Backyard beasties!"

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